Packed with culture, award-winning restaurants and one of Europe’s most spectacular castles, Edinburgh is not only Scotland’s royal city but also its capital.
Located just 40 miles from CLC Duchally Country Estate, which lies in the heart of scenic Perthshire and offers a choice of stylish hotel and lodge accommodation, Edinburgh attracts visitors from all over the world.
If you’re planning to spend 48 hours in Edinburgh, don’t miss out on the following fabulous attractions:
No trip to this beautiful city would be complete without exploring the beautiful Edinburgh Castle.
Perched high on Castle Rock, overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle offers a an amazing, yet creepy history.
Learn about the terrifying battles against the English and the brave night sieges on a castle tour and see the Great Hall where some of the most prestigious royal ceremonies have been held.
The Honours of Scotland, otherwise known as the Scottish Crown Jewels, are the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles and were used for the coronation of Scottish monarchs from Mary I in 1543 to Charles II in 1651.
Enjoy the tartan-clad pipers on the way up!
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Moored in Leith, just 3 miles from Edinburgh centre, the Royal Yacht Britannia was the royal family’s vessel for over 44 years and is now open to the public.
The famous yacht was launched in 1953 and hosted royalty and the heads of state on 968 official voyages, over one million miles, until her decommission in 1997.
Visitors today can see the former state rooms, the bedrooms, the crew’s quarters and the engine room – plus the gleaming Rolls Royce that still sites permanently in the yacht’s garage.
The entertaining tour includes information about the people who stayed on the Royal Yacht and which countries she visited – one of the most fascinating Edinburgh attractions in the bustling area of Leith.
A seafood dinner in Leith
Leith has been the main fishing port of Edinburgh since the early 1300s and now boasts a choice of fabulous fish and seafood restaurants.
The old docks area close to where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored is surrounded by fine dining establishments and seafood eateries, including the Michelin-starred The Kitchin, owned and run by Scottish celebrity chef, Tom Kitchin.
Fish-loving visitors will be spoilt for choice with delicious, locally-caught oysters, lobster, haddock, scallops and monkfish.
You will find plenty of choice in Leith if you prefer meat or vegetarian dishes and a wealth of pubs, bars, bistros and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.
Head back to Edinburgh New Town for a nightcap. You’ll find a great choice of award winning cocktails and world-renowned whiskies to choose from.
There’s nothing quite like a full Scottish breakfast to set you up for a day of sightseeing.
Whether you are looking for a ‘belly busting’ fry-up or an equally delicious healthy option, you will be spoilt for choice in Edinburgh. Home-made cakes, juicy smoothies, scones, porridge, Acai bowls and every type of egg and avocado dish can be found on breakfast menus throughout the city.
If you are an early starter, you’ll also find a great range of boozy brunches along the Royal Mile and dotted around the city centre, offering everything from Italian cured meats and cheese, Scottish kippers, blueberry waffles, haddock burgers and Porn star pancakes – all accompanied by lashings of beer, wine or cocktails to start your day with a bang!
The Royal Mile
Stroll off your breakfast with a mooch around the Royal Mile, which is lined with quirky shops, galleries and typical Scottish taverns.
Famous Edinburgh landmarks along the Royal Mile include: Saint Giles Cathedral and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
Talented street entertainers create a lively atmosphere in this part of town, which is best explored on foot.
If you’re looking for tartan or tweed, the Royal Mile is the place to shop. A ‘wee dram’ anyone? The Scotch Whisky Experience comes highly recommended. Whatever time you like to step out for refreshment, The Royal Mile’s pubs and eateries offer a great selection of real ales, liquid gold (whisky), cocktails and delicious Scottish pub grub, made with fresh local produce.
The National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is one of the most popular things to do in Edinburgh – and it’s free.
With over 12 million objects and a host of interactive exhibitions covering nature, art, design and technology, it’s a must-visit attraction in Edinburgh.
The Grand Gallery is made up of an impressive high atrium with a glass roof that allows plenty of light to enter the building. Large exhibits hang here and offer visitors an incredible start to their museum tour.
Visit the Kingdom of the Scots to learn all about Mary, Queen of Scots and view a wide range of belongings that were associated with her during her reign from 1542 to 1567.
Popular with all the family, Animal World gives visitors the chance to explore the fascinating Living Lands where you can learn how animals and the landscape influences the way people live.
A climb up Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh and is part of an extinct volcano that erupted over 350 million years ago. Just over 250m high the hill offers amazing views over Edinburgh and is well worth the climb.
An easy to moderate trek, it takes approximately one hour to reach the top of Arthur’s Seat from Holyroodhouse. Make sure you take a waterproof jacket, even if it’s sunny when you set off as the hill is open to the elements and Scotland’s unpredictable weather can change in a flash.
It’s said that the name of the hill refers to King Arthur and was a location for his legendary castle, Camelot and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur.
After all that fresh air, what better way to recharge your batteries than with a hearty plate of haggis, neeps and tatties and a few drams of the gold stuff before you head to bed?
After a busy few days sightseeing in Edinburgh, CLC Duchally Country Estate is a perfect place to relax in the Perthshire countryside and enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality.